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I’ll Be Voting For Andreas Farmakalidis in LAUSD BD3

In an imperfect field of six candidates, I am impressed by his willingness to evolve as he learns more about the issues facing the School District.

Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate
Published in
7 min readFeb 16, 2024

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He believes in creating safe, inclusive and welcoming schools that prioritize student well-being and academic success.”

– Andreas Farmakalidis’ website

Endorsing Scott M. Schmerelson in the 2020 election.

For the past three elections in LAUSD BD3, I have endorsed and voted for incumbent Scott M. Schmerelson and had anticipated doing so again this year. While he is often too timid a leader for my taste, he was at least usually on the right side of public education issues. His extensive experience as an education professional provided an important voice on the Board, even if the majority was in the pocket of the Charter School Industry and refused to listen.

Going into 2023, I had high hopes for Schmerelson. Dr. Rocio Rivas’ victory in the 2022 election had finally given pro-public education Board Members a majority and the chance to bring needed change to the District. Freed from the minority, Schmerelson would have his time to shine.

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Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com